What is up in Lovina north Bali?

by Nick on March 13, 2005

by Nick | March 13th, 2005  

Kuta is the place in Bali where 90% of people spend the most time and money. It is close to the airport, on the beach and loaded with restaurants, bars and nightlife.

Some people do not find the impetus to move out of the area, or as one tourist once told me, If you are a single man why would you need to leave?

Of course there are other areas of the island that are interesting and pleasant to visit including Lovina on the north coast. I am putting together some local maps to help visitors navigate their way around Lovina and here is an over-view. Lovina is actually a string of small villages ( Kalisasem & Temukus, Kalibukbuk, Anturan, Tukad Mungga and Pemaron. Kalibukbuk also has a section known as Banyualit ) that have been dumped under the same name.

I have stayed in a couple of places in Lovina and the 2 major features are the coastline and the main road that swings close to the coast in places. Tip: Choose a hotel on part of the coast where there is some space between the beach and the road, otherwise traffic noise will be annoying.

The main little tourist section is in Kalibukbuk which features wall to wall restaurants and bars. This is the high density area. I stayed at Nirwana Seaside Hotel right on the beach in Kalibukbuk at the end of the main street. Surprisingly decent with a good pool, old guest house type accommodation and new shiny AC rooms at the back. We got an AC room with twin beds for 175,000rp.

Swimmers will enjoy the black sand beaches of Lovina because of the warm water and lack of waves. Another attraction is the sunrise dolphin watching although this is a tourist trap and you would be better off hiring a local with a private boat to take you for a snorkeling trip than chase a dozen other boats round in circles.

Here is a quick run down of places:
Anturan. Used to be all guest houses but developing to more spendy places. Still budget places here though. You will see a petrol station on the main road and Anturan is opposite. Local fishing fleet is here.

Banyualit. A selection of about 20 places to stay ranging from budget hotels to a bit spendier. There is a selection of places to eat too. Located 1.5km east of Kalibukbuk and west of the petrol station in Anturan.

Kalibukbuk. The busy area with 2 streets loaded with tourist places perpendicular off of the main road. Budget places to stay on the main road and a ton of dive centers, restaurants and bars down Jn. Mawar and Jl. Bina Ria. I have zoomed past Jl. Mawar before so watch out for the Khi Khi restaurant across the street. Once on it you will immediately know it is the street. You will also find car rental, money-changers and travel agents here.

Kaliasem & Temukus. Located on the western edge of Lovina starting 1km west of Kalibukbuk you will come across an assortment of budget places like the Puri Tasik Madu. All the accommodation here is close to the beach and close to the road. Spice Dive Center is on the left side of the road heading west.

Why would you want to stay in Lovina?
I think Lovina makes a great place to stay after exploring the highlands. There are multiple routes you could take, a straight shot up from Kuta to Singaraja stopping in Bedugal to check out Pura Ulun Danau Bratan and then heading west from Singaraja. You could take a lovely slow cruise past Danau Buyan and Danau Tamblingan and swing down through the highland villages of Munduk and Tunjuk before heading for Seririt and Lovina. A longer trip might be up through Kintamani and west along the coast, enjoying the panoramas of Gunung Batur and experiencing cooler weather for a brief while before heading to a decent hotel with a pool in Lovina.

Having an array of accommodation on the north coast means you can break out of the Kuta Beach force fields and still get your pizza and beer by the pool. I must admit I need to explore this area in more depth in order to be able to give a better first hand account of what is up there and it will be my pleasure doing that for you.

{ 9 comments }

Barrie March 14, 2005 at 11:45 am
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G’Day Nick,

Excellent write-up and very informative albeit brief. There are many places of interest in and around the Lovina region – temples, bhuddist monastery and natural attractions like waterfalls etc.

Can you imagine if the sand at Lovina was white and not black. It’d be another Kuta!.

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Diane Bracken March 15, 2005 at 4:57 am
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>Another attraction is the sunrise dolphin >watching although this is a tourist trap and you >would be better off hiring a local with a than chase a dozen other boats round in circles.

When we did the boat ride to see the dolphins, it was just a local boat out to see them. It was great and we just compined it with snorkling after. I really don’t understand why so many people diss the dophin trips. Yes, something you may not see them. But other than the fact that you have to get up so early, it is great fun.

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jonny soeparmin March 17, 2005 at 3:44 am
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help – any advise/tip on hotels/sightseeing for a wheelchair user(paraplegia) travel alone in coming may? much appreciated. jss atlanta, ga

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eraldol June 21, 2005 at 5:04 pm
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When we did the boat ride to see the dolphins, it was just a local boat out to see them. It was great and we just compined it with snorkling after. I really don’t understand why so many people diss the dophin trips. Yes, something you may not see them. But other than the fact that you have to get up so early, it is great fun.

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Claude August 2, 2005 at 3:59 am
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Excellent write-up and very informative albeit brief. There are many places of interest in and around the Lovina region – temples, bhuddist monastery and natural attractions like waterfalls etc.
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April September 8, 2005 at 4:10 am
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Great post, i found it very interesting

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zara January 14, 2006 at 3:40 am
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Nick is there a lots of expats family community over there? Any international school as well? Planning to move to Bali but South it’s to crowded to raise a kid don’t u think? Thanks

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Anne-Marie (Irishannie) August 16, 2006 at 1:43 am
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Nick, this site is great and is only the tip of the many great things about the north of Bali. It is a million miles from Kuta! A local boatman is called Edy. Just ask for Edy Lovina and he always finds the dolphins any time of day – no need to get up early! He is happy for you to snorkel for as long as you like. He also brought us to see the Buddist temple and hot springs and lots of other beautiful places. He is a lovely guy and speaks very good english. Just say IrishAnnie sent you!

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